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Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 11:22
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Hi!
I am 26 years old.
I completed my Engineering in Food Technology in 2009 from Punjab Technical University. However, Engineering didn't interest me and I wanted to do something more creative in life. I took up Creative Writing as my profession and worked for 1.5 years as "Freelance Creative Writer" with a start-up SEO company based in Mumbai. Then, I shifted to Mumbai and joined a Mobile Gaming Company as "Creative Copywriter" for 8 months. Now I am pursuing one year Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communications that would get over in July 2013.

I want to continue working in the Mass Communication sector, particularly with the Digital Media, but with a managerial role. Till now I have not been into team handling, managing projects and making decisions. My leadership skills are craving for a profile that allows me use the same. In college I was lot into anchoring, stage handling, debates, group discussions, managing teams, organizing events etc. I initiated a social service venture in college that focused on helping a rag-pickers children school in nearby village. I served as a core member in organizing our National Level Technical festival and Head of the Anchoring Committee, the first of its kind.

I miss the times when I was on the field trying new things, organizing events, managing teams and actually doing something for the society. I am getting offers to work as Copywriter and quench my thirst for creativity, but now I want a managerial role in the Media sector, for which I want to do my MBA.
I have not yet given my GMAT and have scheduled for February 2013. (I scored 72.33% in my Engineering, 78% in 12th and 74% in 10th).

Please help me decide the universities I should apply to.
Should I eye on the top 50? like, University of Texas, Dallas?
If not, then in which universities would I have a brighter chance to get in?

Thanks a lot for your time :)
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2012, 05:57
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Well, first let us start with the fact that you have a very interesting story. A journalist/MBA is not the most common profile, and that's a good thing. The places I would recommend you start looking at are schools which makes sense based on your goals. what does "make sense" mean?
1. Schools which have advantageous locations for media/journalism - the more obvious places being NY/Boston/DC, and California schools (USC, UCLA, Berkeley) as this is where the main media axes are.
2. schools which additionally have strong media/journalism programs.

Offhand I would start with NYU, Columbia, Stonybrook, Baruch, UCLA, USC, Austin, Berkeley, BC and BU. There are more schools out there with great programs, and this list would change based upon the results of your GMAT, but this is I think a great place to start.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2012, 09:33
Hi Jon,

Thanks for your reply. :) Please help me with further queries -

1) My initial work experience of 1.5 yrs is as "Freelance" Creative Writer. I used to write from home.
Would the universities consider this experience relevant for an MBA program?

2) My undergrad score is 72.33%. How should I convert it into GPA?
Do I need to take help from evaluation agencies?

3) Should I apply to University of Texas, Dallas?

4) Acceptance rate is pretty low in the top rated universities you mentioned ;) Please help me find other appropriate universities in these media centric areas...

Thanks a ton :)
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 01:30
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Further queries are good. We like further queries!!!
:)

1. This experience will be as relevant or as irrelevant as YOU make it. Meaning, okay, we know that it's not as good as leading a team of 10 bankers! ;), but still, if it has granted you experience that will be useful on your way towards your goals, then it IS relevant.

2. For the most part, school do NOT want you to convert, but to send your ORIGINAL grades.

3. If you like :). But seriously, I can't tell you where to apply. I can only suggest ideas. If the school attracts you, then sure!

4. that is true! In that case you can look a bit lower on the list. I think BU and BC are not bad options. John Hopkins. Baruch. Hofstra. There are many many more... so I suggest first you take a look at what schools are out there and get back to us.

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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 10:22
Hey!
I contemplated and felt that I might try getting into a course related to Healthcare like Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health and MBA in Healthcare. In Mass Communication sector I do not see much scope of getting a job and Healthcare is of my interest too. I feel I can add my passion of Writing into Healthcare and excel in things like Digital Health!

Do you think Im making sense? With a B.Engg degree in Food Technology and 2 yrs work experience in content writing, now applying to Master of Health Administration?
Please mention some universities where I could apply. I thought of few at Florida and Texas. Not in top 20 but between top 30-50 according to US news rankings!

Thanks :)
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Further queries are good. We like further queries!!!
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1. This experience will be as relevant or as irrelevant as YOU make it. Meaning, okay, we know that it's not as good as leading a team of 10 bankers! ;), but still, if it has granted you experience that will be useful on your way towards your goals, then it IS relevant.

2. For the most part, school do NOT want you to convert, but to send your ORIGINAL grades.

3. If you like :). But seriously, I can't tell you where to apply. I can only suggest ideas. If the school attracts you, then sure!

4. that is true! In that case you can look a bit lower on the list. I think BU and BC are not bad options. John Hopkins. Baruch. Hofstra. There are many many more... so I suggest first you take a look at what schools are out there and get back to us.

Best,
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 04:40
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In such a program you can definitely get into a school with interest and without previous experience in your industry, but likewise you will need to show where your passion comes from, and at least the PROMISE of success in this industry. As for schools, again it will depend on your GRE and test scores, so you would need to get that out of the way first.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 01:33
Hey!
I scored 610 in my GMAT.
Aspiring for - Master of Public Health (MPH) & MBA in Healthcare Administration.
1) Which schools do you feel I have a chance of getting into (Fall'2013)?
2) How about Canada? like University of Toronto?

Thanks a ton :)




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In such a program you can definitely get into a school with interest and without previous experience in your industry, but likewise you will need to show where your passion comes from, and at least the PROMISE of success in this industry. As for schools, again it will depend on your GRE and test scores, so you would need to get that out of the way first.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2013, 08:58
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Well there are a lot of schools out there! And it all depends on your goals... your MPH + MBA desire will limit things already of course!

You could start looking into schools like Stonybrook, John Hopkins, BU. There are many many more, though, so don't limit yourself to these. But do kep in mind that they are challenging programs to get into, and when you look at schools, as a first rule of thumb, you don't want their average GMAT to be much higher than the score you actually got (or if you DO want to apply to those schools, think about retaking the GMAT, which I would suggest anyhow, given the time you have, and the possibilities for improvement)

I hope this starts you off!
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2013, 23:56
Hi,
Would you please read my SOP mentioned below and give your valuable feedback? Would be huge help! Thanks :)

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Course – MBA/MS-Healthcare Management
A one page, double spaced, typed essay outlining the applicant’s academic interests and goals.

1. My association with Healthcare began when I was born to a doctor. I grew up watching him heal patients and give sweets to their children. My father organizes medical camps and provides low cost treatments to the poor. This has inspired me to pursue a career in Healthcare, and work especially for the underprivileged. Once I gain relevant work experience, we would team up with more doctors and start our own Public Health NGO.

2. While pursuing my Engineering is Food Technology, I got wide exposure to various aspects of Food Science, Nutrition, Quality Analysis, and Biochemistry. I understood how food affects our bodies and how important it is to manage our dietary intakes. I want to couple my background in Food Science with Healthcare Management and work on diseases like malnutrition, obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.

3. Once, I suffered from depression and took to spiritual awareness to heal myself. I pursued a course called Post Graduate Diploma in Value Education and Spirituality, under the leadership of Brahma Kumaris. I learned that our emotional health is nourished by values, meditation and spiritual practices. A masters program in healthcare management would give me a platform where I can explore this subject and use it to heal masses suffering from psychosomatic diseases and depression, anxiety, anger, frustration, blood pressure problems etc.

4. When I worked with digital media companies as Creative Writer and Copywriter for 2.5 years, I wrote articles, blogs, managed social media forums and content on a mobile site. I strongly believe that the Healthcare industry must tap the mobile media. A poor man should be able to dial a number and enquire about what his symptoms could probably mean, which hospital could offer him a low-cost treatment etc. Common man can be educated about health by using the mobile media effectively.
I want to study management subjects like Marketing management, Organizational behavior, Financial management, Accounting, and Strategic management which are covered in your curriculum. Deeper knowledge into these subjects would help me initiate mobile health projects in future.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & College hunt [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2013, 04:58
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Well, I wouldn't do this here in the forum, but I will definitely be happy to help. Luckily we do offer a free review of an essay (or SOP). The best would be to either fill out a profile evaluation on our website: www.admissionado.com
or you can send the SOP with a note about who you are to info@admissionado.com (and just say you got referred from this here forum)
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